By Anthony Onifade

9th Jan, 2023 | 9:10am

Leeds United on verge of 'mega deal' for Georginio Rutter as journalist raves about Hoffenheim forward

Transfermarkt journalist Manuel Veth has heaped praise on Leeds United target Georginio Rutter, stating the deal is a “win-win” for both parties.

The Whites are in advanced talks with the French-born forward, according to Fabrizio Romano [8 January]. And while personal terms have been agreed upon, the two clubs remain in talks on a transfer fee worth around £26million.

The German outfit had already made contingency plans regarding the potential sale of Rutter, having signed [2 January] Nice forward Kasper Dolberg on loan till the end of the season.

And Veth explains that while Rutter hasn’t been as productive as expected in the Bundesliga so far this campaign, with just two goals and two assists from 15 appearances, it is still a win-win deal for both clubs.

Leeds will be adding depth to their attack with an “extremely talented” player and one who “provides chaos”. Writing on Forbes.com [7 January], Veth listed some of Rutter’s key attributes and what he will bring to Elland Road.

He said:

“The 20-year-old French forward is extremely talented, fast and has an enormous shot from distance. But Rutter has also managed just two goals and two assists in 15 Bundesliga games this season.

“There are certain key elements that Rutter can offer that have become important to Jesse Marsch’s style of player, whether it was with the New York Red Bulls, Red Bull Salzburg and RB Leipzig. First and foremost, Rutter provides chaos and loves one-v-one situations.

“Nonetheless, this is a win-win-win situation. Leeds will add more depth to their attack, signing a player with potentially big upside. Hoffenheim once again earns a significant fee without losing a key player, and Rutter could benefit in a new environment under an attacking-minded head coach.”

Temper expectations

The capture of Rutter is a huge statement of intent from the Leeds United board, providing indications that they believe Marsch is in fact the man to drive the club forward into a new era.

With the club somewhat struggling in front of goal this season, Rutter will indeed add much-needed depth and freshness to their attack, especially with the injury troubles of Patrick Bamford.

The Leeds fans will certainly be tantalised by the thought of seeing Rodrigo, Wilfried Gnonto and Rutter in their attacking lineup this season, but even more so, hoping and praying the 20-year-old is the man to drive them up the Premier League table.

However, £26million is indeed a sizeable fee, one which adds unnecessary pressure on the player and Marsch to deliver immediately. While it will come with huge expectations, the Whites faithful should remain patient with Rutter as he’s still a young forward still learning his trade at the tender age of just 20.

But, with this capture, the club are certainly building towards a sustainable and exciting future.

In other Leeds United news, goalkeeper Illan Meslier likes tweet of a potential new signing at Elland Road.